Saturday, February 4, 2023

RPP questions CM on service extension of DG

Rising People’s Party (RPP) has questioned the chief minister over the six-month service extension of director general of police (DGP) T John Longkumer, who had retired on August 31, 2022, claiming that it was a blatant abuse of power that was liable to attract court proceedings against the political leadership.
In a press note, RPP asserted that it would not allow the State government to manipulate public office for personal ambitions and devious political agenda, adding that the letter written by chief minister Neiphiu Rio to Union Home Minister Amit Shah was crystal clear indication that the NDPP-BJP coalition was allegedly retaining the services of the present State DGP for political reasons.
Rising People’s Party claimed that in the chief minister’s August 25, 2022 letter to Amit Shah, mentioned: “It is also worth mentioning that the State is facing Assembly elections in a few months’ time and it is essential to have continuity at the top leadership of the police force to deal with any law and order problems that may arise during elections.”
According to the party, the underlying meaning of the letter was very clear that the chief minister purportedly intended to manipulate the police force and the administrative machinery to undermine, coerce and threaten his political opponents in the next general election– and win by hook or by crook by subverting free and fair elections.
RPP further claimed that the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in its letter to the chief secretary on April 1, 2022 had clearly refused to entertain Longkumer.
It thus contended that the rule of law had been blatantly disregarded and the State government had not heeded to the directions/ruling of Supreme Court.
Therefore, the party alleged that the sole motive for Rio retaining Longkumer was to ensure victory of the NDPP-BJP coalition in the upcoming election at any cost.
It said the matter would be taken up with Election Commission of India shortly.
Meanwhile, RPP announced that it was filing an appropriate petition before Supreme Court of India along with a few publicly spirited lawyers and individuals regarding violation of laid down guidelines while appointing DGPs in the State. This was stated in a press release.

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